Viewers beg FCC to save rural programming amid cable mergers

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There’s one potential casualty of the pending cable industry mergers that most city dwellers probably haven’t given much thought to: rural TV programming. But it turns out there are a lot of people concerned that Comcast and Time Warner Cable becoming one could mean the end of shows like National Tractor Pulling, Cumberland Highlanders, The Mollie B Polka Party, and re-runs of Hee-Haw. The same goes for AT&T’s proposed buyout of DirecTV. According to The Wall Street Journal, nearly half of comments received by the FCC over both proposed mergers that could reshape the cable TV landscape have come from viewers pleading with the commission to protect RFD-TV. That’s an impressive effort when you consider just how small the channel they’re…

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